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3.35 | 37 ratings | 4 reviews | 16% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Childhood in Minor (1:20)
2. Beautiful Emptiness (5:24)
3. Between Love and Fire (4:56)
4. Sins of Idealism (5:22)
5. Eccentric (4:10)
6. Digital Deceit (5:37)
7. Through Square Eyes (6:22)
8. Blind Pain (6:47)
9. Two Sides (4:34)
10. Victim of Choices (3:21)
11. Reflections (5:11)
12. Life's Vortex (5:52)

Total Time 58:56

Line-up / Musicians

- Floor Jansen / vocals
- Bas Maas / guitars, vocals
- Sander Gommans / guitars, grunts
- Lando van Gils / synth
- Luuk van Gerven / bass
- Andre Borgman / drums, acoustic guitar

- Cees Kieboom / piano, keyboards, choir & string arrangements
- Herman van Haaren / violin
- Jeanne Biessen / violin
- Yvonne van de Pol / viola
- Carla Schrijner / cello
- Saartje van Camp / cello
- Hans Cassa / backing vocals
- Ellen Bakker / backing vocals
- Caspar De Jonge / backing vocals
- Martine de Jager / backing vocals
- Symphony Of Voices / sampled vocals
- Jay Lansford / voice actor (3,8)
- Amanda Somerville / voice actor (3,8)

Releases information

Artwork: Carsten Drescher

CD Transmission Records ‎- TM-045 (2004, Netherlands)

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AFTER FOREVER Invisible Circles ratings distribution

(37 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
Good, but non-essential (54%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

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Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Hot on the heels of The Gathering, countless countries started assembling female-fronted metal bands. Holland alone already sprouted two big ones Within Temptation and After Forever, which both took the powerful singing style of Anneke Van Giersbergen on The Gathering's Mandylion into operatic and gothic directions.

After Forever started with a very uneven debut, but followed it up with two solid releases of which the third is probably the best and certainly the one with the highest prog-metal cards. The album flows without dips in the songwriting and has enough hooks to make each piece memorable. Floor Jansen is an excellent singer in this style. Her commanding voice is never shrill, her melodies never hesitant or trite. There's also a male grunter, a cliché of the genre and quite annoying here, as he is as inexpressive and tuneless as Floor is passionate and melodious.

A solid album in a style I quickly got tired of, but if you like Epica, Ayreon, Nightwish, Within Temptation or Therion, this album is worth checking out. Although I'd rather recommend you to go for the real thing and try the Gathering's Mandylion and Nightime Birds or the more experimental band Madder Mortem.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Invisible Circles it the third album by After Forever, whose music is actually better than their fame due to blend of different styles, state of the art vocals, attractive guitar riffing and pretty good synths. Let's not forget melody capabilities as demonstrated by track 3 and certain level of ... (read more)

Report this review (#2377871) | Posted by sgtpepper | Thursday, May 7, 2020 | Review Permanlink

3 stars After the departure of "Mark Jansen," a new chapter has been done to the band. He along with "Floor Jansen" were the main songwriters. The challenge would be to release an album that lives up to the previous two did, but unfortunately they failed ... It was not for lack of trying. "Bas Maas" joined ... (read more)

Report this review (#759186) | Posted by Vobiscum | Saturday, May 26, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Invisible Circles is a critical turning point for a band like After Forever. After the departure of main songwriter and lyricist Mark Jansen (who went on to found Epica), the future was definitely in question for the band. However, with Invisible Circles, After Forever proves that they are compl ... (read more)

Report this review (#158463) | Posted by Jshutt64 | Sunday, January 13, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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